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3226  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange phone problem - can anyone help? on: May 23, 2011, 03:17:27 PM
Defective 3 is way too specific for an interference issue.

The wired phone working eliminates a line issue.

Signal bleed would cause calls to drop, low call volume, or line noise. I'm with Nudone on the you need a tie-breaker type diagnostic. But it sounds like a bad batch of phones.
3227  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Keep some folders out of my "Recent places" on: May 23, 2011, 03:05:54 PM
Would I have to do this each time a new folder is used via Windows Explorer?

Yes and no. Obviously the "Safe" stuff doesn't need fiddled with. But the folders that you want to hide would all need to be given the above treatment.

Assuming the stuff isn't scattered everywhere... cheesy ...There shouldn't be that many targets to hide.

Might I also suggest using slightly more discreet folder names... Wink

[Nuns Gone Wild Donkey Porn] - Bad Idea.

[Private Vid Files] - Good Idea.

Ya know.
3228  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] FadeTop - a visual break reminder that fades the desktop on: May 23, 2011, 11:33:39 AM
Try this:

First set a low Max opacity value (say 40) via Options dialog, then click the program icon to invoke the fader. Now do anything as if the fader is not there.
Thanks for the suggestion.

I have been trying with mixed results.  I find that I often don't stop -- will keep trying though.

Now I haven't actually tried the program, so bear with my if I'm off base...

 But it occurs to me that you're asking for a feature that will allow you to continue the very behavior that the program is designed to break you of.
3229  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Hang while "searching history" on: May 23, 2011, 11:21:47 AM
Hmmmm - I wonder what Alt-Space does when FARR isn't there to look for it and jump into action....

Alt + Space by default is the system menu for the active window. Same as left clicking the icon (back when there was one) in the upper lefthand corner of the window.
3230  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Keep some folders out of my "Recent places" on: May 23, 2011, 07:25:26 AM
Add the folders you want to hide to the recent places list.
Go to the folder you specified earlier.
Apply the Deny Read NTFS permission to the shortcut files that you don't want to have displayed.

Now the shell can't display them in the list because you're not allowed to (read) see them.
3231  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 22, 2011, 06:23:02 PM
The trick is Duct Tape and WD 40
If it moves, but shouldn't = Duct tape
If it doesn't move and should = WD 40

No other problems exist
He's got a point there...  Grin

what about electrical/electronic 'projects'?  

one squirt of wd and you'll need either a fire extinguisher (if you got this far I suspect you probably keep one handy at all times) or a defribrillator (though you could use that coat hanger in the wall socket)

Actually, WD40 does work quite well for displacing moisture from wet (or mildly corroded) wiring. It was frequently used back in my junkyard days on wiring harnesses that had been pulled from a parts bike. Squirt a little in each of the multi-pin plugs before assembly and all works well.

It's flammable yes, but completely non-conductive (paraffin based).
3232  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 22, 2011, 06:03:50 PM
Would this be a bad time to point out that my grandmother was killed by a Mexican lemon truck?
3233  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 22, 2011, 07:46:04 AM
It's really just history repeating itself. We're right back to 1975 as DRM has become the digital equivalent of the grenade prone 8-Track tapes.
3234  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: favourite hardware hacking resources on: May 22, 2011, 07:38:52 AM
The trick is Duct Tape and WD 40
If it moves, but shouldn't = Duct tape
If it doesn't move and should = WD 40

No other problems exist

He's got a point there...  Grin
3235  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 09:09:45 PM
If you still have the archive server to go back to, can't you Dif the registry?  Alternatively, can you make a copy and transfer it to the new server to make it work?  I get the feeling I missed something and these have already been done, but I just have to ask.

By archive server I mean long term storage of old files. As it's really just a file server...At a client location. Much unlike the domain controller at our office. So comparing/merging the registries is not an option.
3236  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Man vs. Mississippi on: May 21, 2011, 02:27:48 PM
But
And that guy is a pussy in comparison to the guy who built the levee there!

I wonder if he drove a Chevy to it...?

If he did, it was dry when he got there.

But surrounded like that, all you could do is drink whiskey and rye.

I take it this is the day that you die?

Only if the raptor gets him.

So... Chearleader = American Pie? O_o (That's not what the song said...)
3237  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 02:06:10 PM
If you are still concerned someone forgets a USB hard drive, you can specify the right one volume label as criteria.

; "Big Backup" drive on X
[DriveLetters10]
VolumeLabel=Big Backup
Letters=X

Hm... Okay, I'm weakening...But I gotta mull this over a bit. I'm still hoping I can figure out what I did last time.

Thanks
3238  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 12:42:07 PM
I realize my next suggestion is not ideal either, but...

Are there better backup solutions than Symantec's?
I know your company paid good money for it and the support, but this if this is as critical as "one slip and it's bye-bye data" then maybe something else needs to be done.

I know, more straws to grasp at...

(Much as I hate to throw the baby out with the bath water...At this point I'm half tempted to set the "baby" on fire, shoot it in the head, and then throw it under a train.)

Let's say it's crossed my mind (more than once). The question is what else will handle the Exchange logs commit operation? And it has to be able to play nice with AD & MSSQL also.

3239  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 21, 2011, 09:20:42 AM
Can drive letter assignment be scripted, and can you therefore put an autorun script in the root of the drives?
That way, they would auto-assign themselves as they were plugged in.

Autorun is disabled and requires a user to be logged in, which is not really guarantee-able on a headless server.

All internet searches keep pointing to USBDLM as THE solution, so I'm grabbing at straws...

That's what I keep running into also. I have access to the archive server I set this up on originally, and I've been trying to revers engineer what I did to it...But I'll be damned if I can find it.

There are no scheduled tasks, so it isn't firing a script repeatedly.
USBDLM is not installed or running.
There is no autorun scripts in the root of the drive.
The backup drive shows it's natively drive Z: in the DMC, so it hasn't been subst'es (confirmed by running subst to see nothing listed)


The first one is interesting, but is a reactive run it a loop and look for X script. I'm looking for a proactive do it once done solution. The 2nd one is for the DMC which (doesn't work for this) I'm already intimately familiar with.

While the USBDLM thing is tempting just to get out from under this project ... Using it would mean that if anyone inserted and/or left a ThumbDrive in the server it would be a coin toss as to which one the backup software would toast. e.g. Either the backup would fail (target not found) or it would "succeed" in destroying the contents of the ThumbDrive as the backup was sent to it. (Oh yeah) or both.

...I really don't want to go there...I much prefer my catastrophes one at a time. Wink

Only other Quick-N-Dirty option is/would be to move the CD-ROM out of the way so the external USB backup drives could just grab the then freed up D: Which is not my favorite solution as it's just a variation on the above boo-boo in waiting. Not to mention that drive F: is the network wide DFS root share drive for everything (One of the joys I inherited from my predecessor). So if the backup tried to run to that...We get a snake eating its tail kind of effect. (Not. A. Pretty. Picture.)
3240  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Man vs. Mississippi on: May 20, 2011, 09:24:53 PM
And that guy is a pussy in comparison to the guy who built the levee there!

I wonder if he drove a Chevy to it...?
3241  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 09:21:51 PM
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So... you wouldn't be handy in a paper jam?
I always hated jam. Prefer jelly.

I actually haven't a clue what the difference is.

However as the last two lines bear no resemblance to a pun ... We have now successfully managed to pull our tangent off-point.
 huh

 cheesy
3242  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 08:13:01 PM
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Impact you are...

I never was a fan of folded paper. Wink


So... you wouldn't be handy in a paper jam?
3243  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 20, 2011, 07:17:25 PM
^Same goes for most musical instruments and equipment.

...And my almost 25 year old Harley Davidson, which is probably worth more now than it sold for new back in 1987.
3244  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 07:09:38 PM
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I'll be cyan for an hour after that.



Quote
Life is never just black and white... it leaves me in a bad huemor.

Quote
Then starts the moanochroming.

I think I'm trapped in the dot Matrix!!

Impact you are...
3245  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 20, 2011, 07:01:15 PM
Not quite ... But I like the way you're thinking. Wink

Here's the thing:
The built-in Server 2008 backup software is absolutely brilliantly simple to setup and use ...(I fell in love with it imediatly)... Unfortunately (budget constraints) we're using a 2003 server because of the x64 hardware requirements for the new(er) versions of Exchange.

The primary PITA is Symantec's Backup Exec which is to stupid to pole for which mounted (to a folder) device is active within a specific backup media set. They're "working on it". This makes the only option to target a specific drive letter for all backups, and then swap the targets. Hence the requirement to have a set of 5 drives all claim to be Target X.

[rant]Symantec charges a friggin kings ransom for Backup Exec which is pathetic considering the flat-out broken half implemented features like this silly shit. How god damn hard is it to check the size of a freaking folder for christ sake?!? Ooh Size=0, next! Found a live one, start the backup. It really is just that fucking simple...but this randy bunch of greedy jack-offs can't quite seem to pull it off.

Count to 5 to get the active target for the nightly backup - Nope, can't do it - It is just too damn hard. But they can sure as hell count to $20,000 in a flash when they ring up you license fees for that busted ass piece of shit.[/rant]

(Hay Renegade, It works ... I feel much better now cheesy)

While subst would work - kind of... - It would require that there be 5 different daily scripts to drop and reassign the drive letter to that day's target (folder mounted) drive. And (here's the bad part), would also assume that the correct drive for that day is/was connected at the time the script ran. Eek!
3246  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 05:54:35 PM
You magentlemen always produce colorful remarks.

Life is never just black and white... it leaves me in a bad huemor.

Then starts the moanochroming.
3247  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 05:09:08 PM
[revenge] manchmal denke ich, dass die ein andere Sprache sprechen, da drüben - oder ist es nur mich? [/with apologies to native speakers for any errors :p]

Please swear at me in english.

Thank you,
 cheesy
3248  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your experience with 3rd party color inkjet ink replacement? on: May 20, 2011, 05:08:01 PM

A very level-headed response…

Tanks for that.

I'm sure you could ink in a reservoir of knowledge... or perhaps write an ess eh?

You magentlemen always produce colorful remarks. A pixilated bunch for sure!





I'll be cyan for an hour after that.
3249  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: May 20, 2011, 05:04:13 PM
 wallbash

Okay, let me clarify... This is for a Headless production Domain Controller ... Shenanigan software is not an acceptable solution.

"Safe Removal" is irrelevant as caching is disabled on these drives (e.g. Hot-Plugging is O-Tay)
.
There is a correct way of doing this, which involves a registry edit...Which I've used before...I just can't remember the damn thing. And was hoping somebody here did.
3250  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So Apple really is a religious thing... on: May 20, 2011, 04:57:18 PM
I spend money on the right tools in my garage. Unlike an electronic gadget, however, if the tool is well built and well designed, I never have to buy that tool again in my life.

Damn Straight! I was a mechanic years ago, and I still have tools that I bought in my teens that are still just as good as they were the day I bought them!  Thmbsup
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